Who on Earth Is Rachel Carson?: Mother of the Environmental Movement

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VOYA - Cheryl Clark
Part biography, part science textbook, this series presents the stories of six scientists whose pioneering work has helped preserve the natural world. In each volume, readers see how the scientists' love for nature was influenced early in life, what their jobs entailed, and how their work and advocacy has created lasting contributions to the scientific community and the environment. For example, the passionate efforts of Aldo Leopold resulted in the National Wildlife Refuge system today. Through primary sources, many of which come from the scientists' own writing a more immediate look at the scientists' life and work emerges, such as the poetic works of Rachel Carson, which won her fans long before the publication of her most famous and influential book, Silent Spring. Although the series includes some upper-level vocabulary, much of the scientific language is defined, such as the word "ecology," whose origin is clarified in the volume on Aldo Leopold. And with many color pictures, a large font, a short page count, and information on how kids can get involved, this series is most appropriate for a middle school audience and will be a useful reference for those doing research on environmental issues or scientists. Reviewer: Cheryl Clark
Children's Literature - Greg M. Romaneck
In 1962, Rachel Carson published Silent Spring and thus launched the modern environmental movement. In her powerful book, Carson described the destructive effects of synthetic pesticides (especially DDT) on the broader environment. For Carson, mankind's efforts to subdue and exploit nature had created a crisis that affected all living beings. Viciously attacked by the chemical companies affiliated with the production of pesticides, Carson saw her work vindicated by governmental action and public acclaim. Here, in this chapter of the illustrated "Scientists Saving the Earth" series, readers are given a look at both the seminal writings of Rachel Carson and her life, in general. The authors of this well-written and informative biography trace Carson's life from her birth in Springdale, Pennsylvania to her death, at a relatively early age, in 1964. In between, readers are provided insights into the Rachel Carson's sharp mind, writing style, commitments, and spiritual connection to the web of life. For these reasons, this recent biography is a wonderful glimpse at a woman who literally changed history through her dedicated and selfless efforts to increase mankind's self-awareness. Reviewer: Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—These books provide biographical information on scientists who made a positive impact on the planet. Fossey, Earle, and Carson are especially appropriate role models for readers interested in perusing careers in environmental science. The writing is clear and informative; the authors attempt to present the women's lives and work in highly engaging narratives, though they are occasionally bogged down by a recitation of factual information, perhaps included to make the books as research-friendly as possible. Color photographs are relevant and of good quality. Fossey provides suggestions for discussion and further investigation, and Carson includes a section on pursuing a career in environmental science and activism. All of the books do an excellent job of incorporating and documenting quotes and research from outside sources. Good choices for biography sections.—Lindsay Cesari, Baldwinsville School District, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781598451160
  • Publisher: Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2009
  • Series: Scientists Saving the Earth Series
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 112
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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